Stephen Oyedemi

August 10, 2017

Africa: July 2017 Update

SFL – Great Lakes organize Intra-University Competitions, start new clubs SFL – Great Lakes – a platform which groups together SFL clubs in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – organized competition events in universities in the countries to promote the project called “How to eradicate the barriers of prosperity and opportunity.” This project, with support from Network for a Free Society seeks to promote the ideas and institutions of a free society as a tool for eradicating the barriers to prosperity and opportunities through intra- and inter- university quiz competitions in these target East African countries. On July 19, 2017, a competition took place at the Catholic University of Bukavu with 87 participants, On July 26, 2017, SFL ISTEM organized its […]
August 1, 2017

5 Reasons Marxism has Nothing to Offer Millennials

By Ibrahim B. Anoba 1 August 2017 For millennials looking to shake off a dull weekend with a good economics or philosophy book, Marxism is one topic you might want to avoid. Anyone who has taken the time to read either Karl Marx or Friedrich Engels would, hopefully, realize just how lucky they are to live in a relatively free society. But for those who do manage to find some merit in Marxism, here are five things every millennial should consider before subjecting their minds to the oft-appealing ideology. 1. Millennials Love Choice, Marxism Rejects It Marxist doctrine discourages individual creativity in favor of state control over both social and economic aspects of life. It favors an economy dominated by the state, which is antithetical […]
July 27, 2017

Nigeria Needs More Entrepreneurship and Government has a Role

By Gbadegesin Tosin 27 July, 2017   Entrepreneurship is an important factor in the development of any nation. Entrepreneurs are responsible for taking calculated risks that open up doors to progressively higher levels of economic growth. If it were not for them, the world would never have known such marvels as the wheel, electricity or the Internet, to name just a few. Entrepreneurs are the veritable backbone on which the world and modern ideas continue to develop. The magnitude and reach of their contributions, however, extend much beyond the world of business and economy, and to them goes irrefutable credit for the growth and evolution of societies at large. Developed nations across the world owe their current prosperity to the collective effort of intrepid entrepreneurs, […]
July 20, 2017

Employing the Rule of Law to Advance Liberty and Good Governance in Nigeria

By Victoria Olagbegi-Oloba 20 July, 2017 Just as aptly submitted by Kofi Bentil, the concept of Rule of Law is the principle that governments must be governed by well-defined set of laws that binds all within a particular jurisdiction.  The rule of Law among others entails fairness, equality before the law, respect for human rights, life and personal properties, just and equitable treatment of all as opposed to the arbitrary treatment of the masses by the leaders, government and government officials. To this end, respect for the rule of law is key to the overall development and stability of every African nation and in this case, Nigeria. The key idea of the rule of law is that the law should apply equally to all that […]
July 10, 2017

AFRICA: JUNE 2017 UPDATE

Eritrean Students For Liberty organize seminar on Liberty and Free Society. On June 24, 2017 Eritrean Students For Liberty led by Executive Board Member, Bekit, with support from Network For a Free Society hosted a full day seminar on “Liberty & Free Society from the Eritrean Perspective.” The Seminar was held at the Tangaza University College in Nairobi, Kenya and attracted 42 participants from the Eritrean, Kenyan and the South Sudanese communities. Presentations were made on Freedom and the Role of Government, The Institution of a Free Society and Toleration by various speakers among them Teklemariam Bekit, Linda Kavuka, Andreas and Rita Mazzocchi.   University of Nigeria Liberty Forum The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) was host to the ASFL Campus Liberty Train on the 3rd […]
July 9, 2017

Freedom of Speech, Tool for Advancing Liberty in Nigeria

By Ojekunle Alex Aderemi 9 July 2017 Freedom of speech is the right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or censorship. The term freedom of expression is sometimes used interchangeably, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. In Nigeria for example, government’s restriction of speech related to libel, slander, obscenity, pornography, sedition, incitement, fighting words, classified information, copyright violation, trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements, right to privacy, right to be forgotten, political correctness, public security, public order, public nuisance and oppression occur with varying limitations. Whether these limitations can be justified under the harm principle depends upon whether influencing a third party’s opinions or actions adversely to the second party constitutes such harm or not. Governmental and other compulsory organizations often have policies restricting the freedom of speech […]
July 5, 2017

Rule of Law Key To A Freer Kenya

By Victor Sirengo 5 July, 2017 The rule of law is said to be central in the proper functioning of any democratic country; and the use of arbitrary power in any democracy is an outrage to the spirit of rule of law. In a democracy, constitutional limits on power require the subjugation of state authority to the country’s laws as established through popular consent and adopted by the people’s representatives as determined in free and fair elections. This is the meaning of the often cited phrase, “a government of laws, and not of men.” Secretary- General of the United Nations defines the rule of law as “a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the state itself are […]
June 13, 2017

Peace in The Gambia Needs More than Booths

By Mustapha Kah & Alieu Bangura 13 June 2017 The recent expansion of the mandate of the Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention better known as ECOMIG comes at a controversial and sensitive moment in The Gambia. The expansion was announced a day following clashes between the international forces and the supporters of ousted former President Jammeh in his home village, Kanilai. The message from this mandate expansion is clear- The Gambia’s security situation is still delicate and needs international support to sustain. Kanilai is located in the perimeter between The Gambia and Southern Senegal, where separatists have been belligerent against the Senegalese Government for many decades. The ECOMIG troops were sent to The Gambia following December 1st 2016 elections in which Jammeh […]
June 12, 2017

The Need for Digital and Internet Freedom in Africa

By Nathaniel Luz 12 June 2017 We’ve been witnesses to frequent government shutdown of the internet in several parts of Africa in recent years. Earlier this year, it was Cameroon, and just recently, Ethiopia. It is however necessary to remind one another as well as relevant authorities that Internet Freedom is a fundamental human right, and should not be hindered or denied for any reason whatsoever. One major benefit of the internet is decentralization. The social media has decentralized communication and made communicating across the globe much easier, cheaper and quality. The internet has increased opportu­nities to create, obtain and share knowledge globally at such an amazing speed, propelling innovation and development and helping many young entrepreneurs to market and trade across conventional barriers. Several […]
June 12, 2017

Can Ethiopia’s Planned Economy Stand the Test of Time?

By Ibrahim B. Anoba 12 June 2017 Earlier this month, the World Bank reported that Ethiopia would be the most expansive economy in Africa for the year 2017.  This forecast is because of its steady economic growth average of 10.8 percent since 2005 – one of the highest in the world. But despite its commendable progress, a high tax rate and continued state monopoly in key sectors might compromise its ability to sustain the economic momentum. Among emerging African economies, Ethiopia is prominent for its state dominated system. A 2016 Heritage Foundation report ranks it among the mostly unfree economies on the continent (142nd in the world), only surpassing the likes of Chad, Eritrea and Sierra Leone. This is relatively due to the numerous legislations […]
June 10, 2017

Africa: May 2017 Update

SFL Africa MAY 2017 UPDATE Liberty & Entrepreneurship Seminar attracts over 600 in College ASFL-Nigeria in collaboration with the Student Union Government of the Oyo State College Of Agriculture and Technology organized a Liberty and Entrepreneurship Seminar on the 5th of May. The seminar was to enlighten students of the institution about the importance and benefits of a free society, and how government policies affects entrepreneurial and business activities. The event had over 600 participants and there was also music and stage performances by students of the institution.   Campus Caravan of Liberty goes to Egerton University The ASFL-Kenya Campus Caravan on Issue Based Political Dialogue hosted a forum at the Main Campus of Egerton University on the 6th of May. This is the 7th […]
June 6, 2017

Freedom of Speech Under Attack in the University of Ibadan

By Leonard O’weide 6 June 2017 It is rather unfortunate that the University of Ibadan, adjudged as the “first and best” in Nigeria doesn’t give room for freedom of speech in its academic environment. According to reports gathered from the University, it has been observed that the Vice Chancellor is intolerant of opposing or divergent views and finds a way to punish students who speak against him, either by rustication or expulsion. There is a case of a Kingsley Chimenerem, a 100 level student in the faculty of science who wrote his opinion about the Vice Chancellor and the school administration on Facebook and was expelled from the institution despite plea from several individuals. This is an authoritarian crack down on freedom of speech which shouldn’t […]